Caladenia capillata D.L.Jones

Orchadian 13: 255 (2000) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant 5–15 cm tall, often in clumps. Leaf narrow-linear, 10–15 cm long, 3–6 mm wide. Flowers 1 or 2 (rarely 3); perianth segments greyish cream to creamy white, spreading, basal quarter flattened; sepals 3.5–7 cm long, 1.5–2.5 mm wide, tapered to a filiform drooping tail, densely covered in glandular hairs; petals 3–5.5 cm long, c. 2 mm wide, erect to spreading with drooping tips. Labellum curved forward with apex recurved and lateral lobes erect; lamina ovate, obscurely 3-lobed, 4.5–6 mm long and 3.5–4 mm wide (when flattened), cream, margins entire at base, with numerous short broad teeth along lateral lobes, apical portion entire; lamina calli fleshy, flattened, in 2 close-set rows from base to bend. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

EGL, GipP, Gold, LoM, MuM, OtP, VVP, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Mostly in mallee scrub on heavy clay loams or well-drained sandy soils in north-western Victoria, but with several old records from around Melbourne and a more recent 1990 record from open forest in Coopracambra National Park in the far east.

Similar to Caladenia filamentosa, but that species is generally taller and has predominantly reddish flowers with more pairs of calli on the labellum lamina.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1994). Orchidaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Caladenia filamentosa var. tentaculata R.S.Rogers).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Caladenia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Caladenia capillata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Caladenia capillata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native

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New South Wales
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